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GSSE Country Profile: Andorra

NICOSIA, 27 May 2009 Squeezed in the Pyrenees Mountains, Andorra has a population of just 74,000 and an area of 468 square metres. The small but picturesque country continuously attempts, despite its size and the difficult obstacles it faces, to compete at the Games of the Small States of Europe. Andorra is not considered to be one of the big names of the GSSE and its best finish to date was fifth (Liechtenstein in 1999 and Andorra in 2005, where it broke a national record with its eight gold medal wins).

In its twelve participations at the GSSE, Andorra has won just 34 gold medals - a big shortfall when compared to Cyprus that won twice as many medals in just one competition (in Monaco 2007).

In the first two competitions, Andorra failed to win a gold medal and had to wait until 1991, when they first hosted the GSSE, to see their national flag flying higher than those of the other nations. The little state's first gold medal away from home was secured four years later in Luxembourg. Things have since changed, however, with Andorra, despite still not being considered a major collector of medals, never failing to return home without at least three gold medals to show for their efforts.

For Andorra, its hosting of the games for the second time in 2005 has a historic meaning for them, at least competitively. It was the year the country broke all its previous performances: For the first time in the history of the GSSE, Andorra won eight gold medals; for the first time the Andrrans collected 14 silver medals; and for the first time Andorra amassed a total of 31 medals. And in the final standings Andorra tied its best-ever previous finish of fifth.
 

ANDORRA AT THE GSSE
. Rank Gold Silver Bronze Total
I 1985 6th 0 0 4 4
II 1987 8th 0 0 1 1
III 1989 6th 3 1 4 8
IV 1991 7th 0 5 9 14
V 1993 8th 0 5 10 15
VI 1995 6th 2 5 8 15
VII 1997 7th 3 5 10 18
VIII 1999 5th 5 12 11 28
IX 2001 7th 5 6 7 18
X 2003 7th 4 6 8 18
XI 2005 5th 8 14 9 31
XII 2007 6th 4 6 7 17
Total 7th 34 65 88 187


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